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An examination of the celwydd golau

McMullen, Bradford Marr 2015. An examination of the celwydd golau. MPhil Thesis, Cardiff University.
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Celwydd golau, or “light lie”, is the Welsh term for the tall tale. Tall tales, a genre of folklore characterized by their exaggerated qualities, are common internationally, although scholarship on the genre has focused on the American examples. The goal of this study is to provide an overview of the genre as it exists in the Welsh folk tradition, making use of the folklore archive at St. Fagans National History Museum. The first chapter of this study is a review of existing literature on the tall tale, as well as an examination of the American tall tale tradition and the history of Welsh folklore collecting. The second chapter examines celwydd golau about animals found in the archive at St. Fagans National History Museum, while the third chapter examines celwydd golau about linguistic mistakes in Welsh and English. The fourth chapter concludes the study by summarizing the previous chapters and offering any final thoughts as well as potential further avenues of study. There are also four appendices to this study. Appendix A offers summaries of the celwydd golau about animals, while Appendix B offers summaries of the celwydd golau about linguistic mistakes. Appendix C offers some brief biographical data about several of the tellers mentioned multiple times, as well as a list of celwydd golau associated with them. Appendix D consists of a series of maps, documenting the locations from which each example was collected

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Welsh
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
Uncontrolled Keywords: Folklore; Tall tale; Welsh
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2016 04:37

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